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AP GEO CH 1 K.I. 4

Adams HCHS AP Human Geo. Rubenstein Ch1 Key Issue 4

Abiotic Composed of nonliving or inorganic matter
Atmosphere The thin layer of gases surrounding Earth
Biosphere All living organisms on Earth, including plants and animals, as well as microorganisms
Biotic Composed of living organisms
Climate The long-term average weather condition at a particular location
Conservation The sustainable management of a natural resource
Cultural ecology A geographic approach that emphasizes human-environmental relationships
Ecology The scientific study of ecosystems
Ecosystem A group of living organisms and the abiotic spheres with which they interact
Environmental determinism A nineteenth- and early twentieth-century approach to the study of geography. The study of how the physical environment caused human activities.
Hydrosphere All of the water on and near Earth's surface
Lithosphere Earth's crust and a portion of upper mantle directly below the crust
Nonrenewable resource Something that is produced in nature more slowly than it is consumed by humans
Polder Land created by the Dutch by draining water from an area
Possibilism The theory that the physical environment may set limits on human actions, but people have the ability to adjust to the physical environment and choose a course of action from many alternatives
Preservation The maintenance of resources in their present condition, with as little human impact as possible
Renewable resources Something that is produced in nature more rapidly than it is consumed by humans
Resource A substance in the environment that is useful to people, economically and technologically feasible to access, and is socially acceptable to use
Sustainability The use of Earth's renewable and nonrenewable natural resources in ways that do not constrain resource use in the future
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